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The New Narrative of Thriving Working Moms

The New Narrative of Thriving Working Moms

The New Narrative of Thriving Working Moms

Are you a working mom constantly juggling the demands of your career, family, and personal life? Do you ever feel like you’re expected to be a superhero, effortlessly balancing all aspects of your life? Maybe you’re closer to burnout that you realise. And you’re not alone. Many of us have been chasing the elusive dream of “doing it all” – a supermom who excels in every role without breaking a sweat. But here’s the harsh truth: it’s impossible to do it all.

The Impossible Motherhood Ideal

The New Narrative of Thriving Working MomsSociety has placed an immense burden on working mothers by perpetuating the idea that they must seamlessly manage their careers, homes, and families while looking fabulous and stress-free. This perfect mother myth is an unrealistic ideal of motherhood can be suffocating, creating unnecessary stress and anxiety.

Working moms often feel the pressure to meet this impossible standard, leaving them overwhelmed and burned out. The mental load, the constant worry and responsibility, can become unbearable.

The Heavy Mental Load

The mental load is like a backpack filled with responsibilities, worries, and endless to-do lists. It’s the mental gymnastics that working moms engage in, trying to remember school events, grocery lists, work deadlines, and family appointments all at once. This constant mental juggling can drain your energy and leave you feeling frazzled.

It’s important to understand that carrying this heavy mental load doesn’t make you a better mother or a more successful professional. In fact, it often has the opposite effect, leaving you stressed, anxious, and unable to fully enjoy any aspect of your life.

The Need for a New Narrative

So, what’s the solution?

It’s time to rewrite the narrative for working moms. Embrace the idea that imperfect balance is not only acceptable but essential for your well-being and success. Here are some key steps to help you release the mental load and thrive as a working mom:

1. Prioritise Self-Care

No, really, this time! As working mothers, we’ve bought into the myth that being tired is the norm for moms, after all we’re “doing it all” for our families, right?

Here’s the thing: Taking care of yourself is not a luxury but a necessity.

Prioritising self-care means recognising that your well-being is crucial for your family and career. And I’m not talking about spa days here. I’m talking about things that you can in as little as 10 minutes to help rebuild your energy. Your energy is a finite resource so you need to take time to recharge and protect your energy levels. Whether it’s a short walk, a quiet moment with a book, making time for activities that recharge your batteries  and build your resilience is critical.

You’ll be more able to face the curve balls that WILL be coming your way.

It’s time to start putting self-care at the top of your list instead of the bottom

2. Stop Gatekeeping

I’ll admit that maternal gatekeeping is something I’ve been guilt of. You know the “it’s just easier if I do it myself” conversation that you have when your partner or someone else offers to “help”? Or “why am I the only one who knows how things work around here?”.

You really don’t have to do it all alone.

You do need to decide what YOU will do, and what you’re prepared to let go of. On your “let go” list, you need to decide what someone else needs to do and what will not get done.

You do not have to do it ALL.

Focus on what’s important for you and your family, and let the rest go, all those things that you “should” be doing? They probably belong in the trash folder and not on your To Do list!

And those things you delegate to someone else? LET THEM DO IT!

You can have a conversation about how you expect this to happen, but then you need to let it go and let them do it.

No more gatekeeping!

3. Perfect is not Possible (or Healthy)

Let go of the need to be perfect in every role. Embrace the idea that some days will be messy, and that’s okay. Set realistic expectations for yourself at work and at home. It’s essential to understand that balance means prioritising what’s most important in the moment.

4. The Art of Saying ‘No’

As a working mom, you’re often pulled in multiple directions, with requests and obligations coming from all angles. Learning to say ‘no’ when necessary is a powerful tool in managing your mental load.

Psychology Today talks about the Power of Saying No. So not only are you protecting your time and energy you’re creating better boundaries and building your self-esteem.

Remember whatever you’re saying “yes” to means that you’re saying “no” to something else. It might be an activity or it might be your own mental health that you’re saying “no” by piling up too many “yeses” onto your plate.

The easiest “no” you’ll ever say are those things that are not aligned to what is important to you. So the art of No means knowing your values, what’s important and what success means for you.

Embrace Imperfect Balance

In the pursuit of thriving as a working mom, it’s crucial to let go of the impossible motherhood ideal and create a new narrative that emphasizes the beauty of imperfect balance. The mental load you carry doesn’t define your worth or your ability to succeed. By prioritising self-care, delegating responsibilities, setting realistic expectations, and learning to say ‘no’, you can release that mental load and thrive in both your career and motherhood.

Remember, the key to thriving as working moms is not about doing more; it’s about doing the right things and doing it with intention. Embrace the imperfect balance, and you’ll discover a newfound sense of empowerment and fulfilment in your journey as a working mom.


About the Author

Author - Sally Wade

Name: Sally Wade

Professional Title: Executive Coach for Working Moms

Bio: Sally Egerton, Founder of Sally Wade Coaching, is a seasoned professional dedicated to unlocking human potential. With extensive global business experience, she excels in strategy, commercial execution, and leadership. A passionate coach, writer, and advocate for integrated living, Sally’s journey continues as she empowers working moms to thrive between motherhood and careers.

Website: www.sallywadecoaching.com

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